This 96/11 infantry rifle is in very good condition with 80% original finish. 5/5 Bore. 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number. Furniture has light to medium handling marks throughout, including some denting found on the left side finger groove and dents on the left side of the stock near the butt and comb. Tiger striping found on the handguard. Receiver finish is fairly dark but does have wear around the ejection port and the right side of the receiver. Finish on both barrel bands are dark. Some edge wear on the trigger guard and on the magazine base plate. No P stamp on receiver. Includes leather sling. Discrete import engraving.
The 1896/11 rifle is a modernized version of the 1889 that was designed to handle the more powerful 7.5x55mm Swiss Gewehrpatrone 1911 (GP11) cartridge. GP11 has similar ballistic qualities to that of the 7.62x51mm NATO / .308 Winchester round. Other improvements were made in order to make the 1896/11 lighter and easier to handle, such as a new barrel and a 6 round capacity box magazine.